Racine Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the material culture and telling the special stories of the people of Racine County; their achievements, diversity, inventive genius, productivity, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit.
“ Racine County has a unique heritage of invention, innovations, and discovery. The stories of the people and their culture characterized by determination, skill, diversity, and courageous spirit are worthy of celebration. To know and tell these stories is our challenge. “
In 1898, the idea of seeking funds from Andrew Carnegie for a new public library was in the mind of Racine’s organizations and individuals. In 1901, the City of Racine secured a $50,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation on the following conditions: that the city of Racine furnish a suitable site and guarantee annual support […]
Miller’s Flowers, founded by Ethel and Robert Miller, is Racine’s oldest flower shop. Originally, Racine Floral Company, the popular floral shop started out in a small wooden building on Taylor Avenue, but soon moved to the current, flourishing Downtown Racine location. Before moving to Racine, Ethel began her floral career when she opened the first […]
In 1872 Thomas J. Emerson erected the large factory building at Third Street and the State Street Bridge. It is one of the industrial buildings that was constructed around Racine’s downtown commercial center. The factory was built in Italianate Style, with segmentally arched windows and decorative stringcourses outlining the gabled parapet at the front. The […]
Why Racine? Even before the great exodus of Armenians driven out of their homeland by the Ottoman Turks during the genocide of 1915, in which one and a half million Armenians perished, a small number of Armenians were finding their way to Racine, attracted by the growing industry here which did not require skill or […]